Cabot Cliffs, Canada

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Cabot Cliffs al­ready had an all-world course in the Rod Whit­man-de­signed Links. Then along came Bill Coore and Ben Cren­shaw to build the Cliffs. It is a mind-blower that makes the Links seem very or­di­nary (al­though it’s not). It is one of the famed Coore-cren­shaw firm’s big­gest and bold­est cre­ations. Ev­ery hole is epic, and even the ones that work away from the ocean and into trees and val­leys are amaz­ing.

In fact, it has a chance to be­come Canada’s best course ahead of Banff Springs, a Stan­ley Thomp­son clas­sic set in the Rocky Moun­tains. Add it to the Links – set amid sandy dunes and along the At­lantic Ocean, where it emp­ties into the Gulf of St Lawrence – and high-end ac­com­mo­da­tion and it makes it a re­sort that could be men­tioned in the same sen­tences as Ban­don Dunes, Pine­hurst or Stream­song.

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